Improve Reading Skills

Reading is the process of understanding language by interpreting written symbols for speech sounds. Poor readers are often labeled as “dyslexic,” which simply means “poor with words” or “poor reading skills.”

Diagnosing reading difficulties

Parents and/or teachers are usually the first to notice reading problems in children. The Brain Workshop help students improve reading skills,

Firstly

we provide professional cognitive skills evaluation using the Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, and/or the Gray Oral Reading Test to pinpoint the exact cause of learning problems. The tests measure all cognitive skills including memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing, logic and reasoning, and attention.

In people with reading difficulties, the weakest cognitive skills are phonemic awareness and auditory processing, although other areas may suffer as well.

Secondly

Unlike tutoring, which works on specific academic subjects (like History), The Brain Workshop cognitive skills training attacks the root causes of reading struggles by strengthening weak cognitive skills, especially phonemic awareness and auditory processing leading to improve reading skills for students

Symptoms of reading difficulties

  • Struggles pronouncing new words
  • Weak at letter sound discrimination (pin, pen)
  • Poor at distinguishing similarities/differences in words (no, on)
  • Difficulty transferring what is heard to what is seen and vice versa
  • Low reading comprehension

Characteristics of a struggling reader

  • Family history of reading problems
  • Predominant in males (2:1, male: female)
  • Average/above average IQ
  • Math proficiency not uncommon
  • No enjoyment of leisure reading
  • Poor spelling
  • Auditory language difficulties in word ending, fluency, meaning, or sequence

Fact

A Carnegie Mellon University brain imaging study found that the brains of dyslexic students and other poor readers were permanently rewired to overcome reading deficits after just 100 hours of intensive remedial instruction. (7 August 2008, Science Daily)

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